Whether you’re looking for the latest and greatest in enterprise business continuity or tried and true security and high availability for your IBM Power Systems – AIX continues to provide operating system innovation that can meet your needs.
AIX is built to run on IBM Power Systems, and to fully exploit the new technologies introduced with each generation. Below you’ll find the recommended levels for each version and technology level, but also consider what hardware compatibility mode you’ll be able to run in with each version. You’ll always get the best performance and efficiency on the latest generation’s native mode.
1. AIX is not supported on POWER8 L or LC models.
2. AIX 5.3 requires full I/O virtualization on POWER8.
3. 7.1 Versioned WPARs are an option to run AIX 5.2 and AIX 5.3 environments on POWER8.
Technology Levels (TLs) are minor releases that allow you to take advantage of new features without major disruption. TLs have a lifecycle of 3 to 4 years, depending on the frequency and maturity of the release. Past the end of the last TL’s lifecycle, IBM offers both Service Extension and sometimes Extended Support options for each AIX Version.
All statements regarding IBM's future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only.